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Dream analysis: Decoding the hidden messages behind our dreams

The famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud mentioned dreams as "The Royal Road to the Unconscious"

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“A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.” -Erich Fromm

 

New Delhi, September 7, 2017: The phenomenon of dreaming is indeed mysterious, and that’s where lies its appeal. The why’s and how’s related to this phenomenon sound fascinating, but are extremely difficult to answer. Honestly, we haven’t yet discovered the function of dreaming, and not even affirmed or negated the preposition, that there is one. Some believe that dreaming is simply an epiphenomenon or a mental activity that takes place when one is asleep. However, there’s a different set of people who are inclined towards the idea of dreams holding a bigger purpose, a profound one.

What exactly are dreams?
Dreams, simply stated, are the images or stories that our mind creates while sleeping. Technically, they are a result of neural activity in the brain. But apparently, this is the most basic description of the most mysterious of mysteries, dreams.

The famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud mentioned dreams as “The Royal Road to the Unconscious”. Freud in his very popular book, The interpretation of dreams, put dreams into three categories: 1) Direct prophesies 2) Foretelling of a future event 3) Symbolic dreams. He argued that dreams are nothing but the action of unconscious, the expression of hidden desires, the wishes that we are looking to fulfill in our waking lives.

The proposed link between our dreams and our emotions or subconscious mind has been highlighted in numerous theories, therefore, highlighting the importance and need of decoding these symbolizations or dream analysis. Here we have compiled a list of some important symbols, visions, dreams that might have a hidden meaning and therefore, should not be ignored!

BEING CHASED: The level of anxiety that one experiences in this dream is so vivid, it lets most people remember the dream when they wake up, making it one of the most commonly reported dreams. It reflects you’re scared of something or someone, and you’re running away from that something/someone in your conscious state. Exploring what is it that you’re running away from will give way to overcoming those fears that you subconsciously hold.

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Being chased in dreams. Pixabay

ANIMALS: Our innate impulses or instincts show up in our dreams disguised as animals. They symbolize the aspects of one’s personality that the society shrugs off, calling them ‘uncivilized’. Different animals suggest different things, and there comes the need to identify the specific animal in your dream for a refined dream analysis.

Dream analysis of dreams involving animals
Animals in dreams. Pixabay

DEATH: Death in dreams is not so negative, as it is perceived. Death may represent the end of a phase in your life, opening gates for another fresh one. Basically, Something new is about to start!

Dream analysis of dreams about death
Dreaming of death. Pixabay

FLYING: Flying is often associated with freedom, or getting rid of the things that weigh you down. Flying, sometimes, also represent our ambitions and our desire to fulfill them.

Dream analysis of dreams in which one flies
Flying in dreams. Pixabay

FALLING: Falling uncontrollably symbolizes your anxiety to deal with the circumstances/ situations in your waking life. Falling from heights may symbolize the fear of failure after success. However, falling slowly may represent serenity, peacefulness, and the act of letting go.

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Dream analysis of falling in dreams
Falling in dreams. Pixabay

TEETH: Teeth are one of the most common dream symbols. Losing your teeth in a dream may mark fear of communication, or fear of appearing unattractive to others. Pulling your teeth may show that something within you needs to come out.

Dream analysis of falling teeth
Dreaming of falling teeth. Pixabay

FOOD: Food is believed to symbolize knowledge, since knowledge nourishes our intellect, like food nourishes our body. Precisely, it represents Hunger for new information or ideas.

Dream analysis of food in dreams
Dreaming of food. Pixabay

NUDITY: Nudity in dreams portray emotional or psychological vulnerability. Exposing body parts may signify the urge for recognition. The part of body that is being exposed can give more insight into what is that your mind wants you to understand.

Dream analysis of Nudity in dreams
Dreams of Nudity. Pixabay

WATER: Generally water tends to represent the unconscious, a huge part that constitutes us, but that we don’t know about. Water in dreams can have both positive and negative meaning. The quality, quantity, depth of water are the characteristics that help us decode the hidden message.

Dream analysis of water in dreams
Water in dreams. Pixabay

HOUSE: A house represents a structure of the dreamer’s mind, their inner psyche. Different floors and different rooms may symbolize different aspects of a dreamer’s personality. The basement usually represents neglected thoughts, whereas the bedroom may depict more intimate thoughts, those that concern the dreamer’s deepest emotions.

House in dream and its Dream analysis
Dreams involving house. Pixabay

Dreams, so it seems, always attempt to communicate with the dreamer, but in a language that is different from those used in the state of consciousness.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Want to recall your dreams, vitamin B6 can help you

The study, published online in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills, included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days.

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If you want to remember your dreams, taking vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed may help, suggests new research from University of Adelaide in Australia.
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If you want to remember your dreams, taking vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed may help, suggests new research from University of Adelaide in Australia.

“Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people’s ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo,” said study co-author Denholm Aspy from the University’s School of Psychology.

The study, published online in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills, included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days.

“Vitamin B6 did not affect the vividness, bizarreness or colour of their dreams, and did not affect other aspects of their sleep patterns,” Aspy said.

"Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people's ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo," said study co-author Denholm Aspy from the University's School of Psychology.
University of Adelaide, pixabay

“This is the first time that such a study into the effects of vitamin B6 and other B vitamins on dreams has been carried out on a large and diverse group of people,” Aspy added.

The participants in the study took 240mg of vitamin B6 immediately before bed.

Prior to taking the supplements, many of the participants rarely remembered their dreams, but they reported improvements by the end of the study.

“It seems as time went on my dreams were clearer and clearer and easier to remember. I also did not lose fragments as the day went on,” said one of the participants after completing the study.

Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in various foods, including whole grain cereals, legumes, fruits (such as banana and avocado), vegetables (such as spinach and potato), milk, cheese, eggs, red meat, liver, and fish.

Emphasising the importance of using dreaming time more productively, the researchers said that the average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming.

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“If we are able to become lucid and control our dreams, we can then use our dreaming time more productively,” Aspy said.

Lucid dreaming, where you know that you are dreaming while the dream is still happening, has many potential benefits.

“For example, it may be possible to use lucid dreaming for overcoming nightmares, treating phobias, creative problem solving, refining motor skills and even helping with rehabilitation from physical trauma,” Aspy added.

“In order to have lucid dreams it is very important to first be able to recall dreams on a regular basis. This study suggests that vitamin B6 may be one way to help people have lucid dreams,” Aspy added. (IANS)